Saturday, April 28, 2007

She's naming names

and one by one, republicans are dropping like flies on a shit pile.

Yesterday's resignation-of-the-day was republican Randall Tobias, US AID Administrator and Director of Foreign Assistance. Tobias cites "personal reasons" for his resignation. Very personal indeed:

"Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution operation."

On Thursday, Tobias told ABC News he had several times called the "Pamela Martin and Associates" escort service "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage." Tobias, who is married, said there had been "no sex," and that recently he had been using another service "with Central Americans" to provide massages." ...

"Tobias' private cell number was among thousands of numbers listed in the telephone records provided to ABC News by Jeane Palfrey, the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam," who is facing the federal charges. In an interview to be broadcast on "20/20" next Friday, Palfrey says she intends to call Tobias and a number of her other prominent D.C. clients to testify at her trial."

Oh noes! The DC Madam story gained notoriety recently when the woman charged, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, published her phone records, which are chock fulla high-profile politicos, including Tobias. The hypocrisy angle, and you had to know there'd be one:

"As the Bush administration's so-called "AIDS czar," Tobias was criticized by some for emphasizing faithfulness and abstinence over condom use to prevent the spread of AIDS.

In a 2004 interview, Tobias explained his approach as "A and B and C. . . Abstinence works. 'Be faithful' works. Condoms work. They all have a role. But it's not a multiple choice, where there is only one answer.""

Give the guy a break, 1 out of 3 ain't bad. Woot!

(via dependable renegade)